Volunteer whale-watching training opens at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium |Sep 25, 2017

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s whale-watching naturalist training program kicks off on Oct. 3. The volunteer opportunity includes weekly Tuesday night trainings through March. Volunteers who graduate the training program will be placed on whale-watching boats to train viewers about local marine wildlife.

After 20 years, California’s whale tail license plates remain one of state’s most successful environmental programs ever |Sep 24, 2017

What started as a simple picture of a whale’s tail emblazoned on a specialized California license plate decades ago has morphed into one of the most successful environmental programs in the state.

Shark detection device that gives lifeguards early warning gets test |Sep 22, 2017

There’s a growing threat along Southern California’s coastline, and officials want to arm themselves with advanced technology that could save lives. It’s not a threat of a nuclear strike that officials gathered to discuss, Friday, Sept.

Raw, leaking sewage compounds oil-tainted Carson neighborhood. Now what? |Sep 21, 2017

Armed with a new study that blames oil pollution for leaking sewage pipes beneath Carson’s Carousel housing tract, city leaders again are asking state water regulators to step in to help residents of the contaminated neighborhood.

Trump plan: Southern California monuments would be spared, six others would be reduced |Sep 18, 2017

Six national monuments would be reduced in size, with millions of acres of protected lands opened to grazing, logging and oil and gas exploration, according to new recommendations released by the Trump administration.

California tries to goose electric car sales with rebates — but is it enough? |Sep 17, 2017

California electric car buyers are getting a mixed bag of news this week, some of which could have profound implications for the future of the state’s effort to get 1.5 million drivers out of emission-spewing vehicles and into electric alternatives.

Electric vehicles — from motorcycles to cars — light up LA event |Sep 16, 2017

Hedda Royce of Hollywood was decked out in all black as she quietly rode on her motorcycle Saturday into the Los Angeles State Historic Park with about 20 other riders from Hollywood Electrics. Royce, 38, owns a sleek 2015 Zero SR electric motorcycle.

Oil waste eating away plumbing in contaminated Carousel tract neighborhood, study says |Sep 16, 2017

Years of state-led environmental investigations into massive oil contamination at Carson’s Carousel tract neighborhood missed a key problem for residents living amid the mess: the sewer pipes under some homes are literally corroded into dust.

The Hawk Pros keep pigeons, other pesky birds away |Sep 14, 2017

Think of them as bird bouncers of the sky. When Danny, Riley or Esperanza take to the air, pigeons that are apt to create a mess quickly scatter. And that’s exactly what

Worried about coyotes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula? Get this web tracking tool |Sep 14, 2017

Three Palos Verdes Peninsula cities launched a web app this week to track coyote sightings in local neighborhoods. Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills Estates developed the site, which is part of an effort to manage the increasingly problematic coyote population on the Peninsula, said Rancho Palos Verdes Community Development Director Ara Mihranian.

Give back to the beach Saturday and pick up some trash on Coastal Cleanup Day |Sep 13, 2017

You enjoy the beach all summer — maybe all year — and now it’s time to give back. Armed with gloves, bags and buckets, and a steward spirit, an estimated 60,000 volunteers will come out to about 900 locations throughout the state Saturday for California Coastal Cleanup Day.

Supervisors back state bill easing review process for new Clippers arena in Inglewood |Sep 12, 2017

The Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 Tuesday to support a state bill — stalled in committee — that would streamline environmental reviews for the Los Angeles Clippers’ planned Inglewood arena.

Public urged to stay out of LA River due to high bacteria levels |Sep 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Nonprofit environmental group Heal the Bay has urged the public to avoid the waters of the Los Angeles River this weekend due to “alarmingly” high levels of bacterial pollution.

Reducing whale deaths: Rep. Alan Lowenthal bill aimed at curbing fatal ship strikes |Sep 9, 2017

The 79-foot endangered blue whale that washed ashore in Northern California in May was no match for the ship that hit it.

Swimmer who conquered Atlantic now plans to cross Pacific — and AltaSea will help |Sep 9, 2017

Some are in awe at such a daring plan. Others? Well, they just think he’s crazy. But long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte, 50, won’t be deterred in the dream that he’s dubbed “The Longest Swim.

Here’s where you can recycle used motor oil in the South Bay |Sep 7, 2017

Used motor oil and filters will be collected Saturday in Hawthorne for recycling by the Los Angeles Department of Public Works. The free drop-off will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 13601 Hawthorne Blvd.

‘Winter is coming’: What do climate scientists predict for Southern California? |Sep 4, 2017

After suffering more than a week under searing, desert-like heat, winter might be the furthest thing from the minds of Southern Californians.

Activists, travel industry square off over aviation’s climate-changing consequences |Sep 3, 2017

When people debate air pollution in Southern California, images of the usual suspects arise — trucks belching diesel fumes, aging jalopies not yet snagged by the smog-testing authorities and smokestacks towering over refineries and other heavy industry.

What’s that smell? Pungent odor lingers over Long Beach, Seal Beach for days |Aug 30, 2017

Residents in coastal cities from Long Beach to Huntington Beach reported pungent sulfuric smells for three days to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, though investigators haven’t been able to track down the source of the odor.

Are scars seen on rare Bryde’s whale off Huntington Beach from a shark bite? |Aug 30, 2017

Boat captain Ryan Lawler looked at the rarely seen Bryde’s whale through his lens and noticed something unusual. Pink flesh dotted the whale’s dark skin, fresh wounds. One wound, in a circle, was visible on the top of the whale as it emerged from the ocean’s surface in Huntington Beach near the oil platforms on Tuesday, Aug.

Trump order undermines rebuilding better for future floods |Aug 30, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Two weeks before Harvey’s flood waters engulfed much of Houston, President Donald Trump quietly rolled back an order by his predecessor that would have made it easier for storm-ravaged communities to use federal emergency aid to rebuild bridges, roads and other structures so they can better withstand future disasters.

Is there a Maury for mountain lions? Asking for two adorable LA kittens |Aug 29, 2017

Two blue-eyed mountain lion kittens born to a young mother and a father that gets around were found earlier this month in the Santa Monica Mountains, marking the 13th litter discovered by researchers in the area, officials announced Tuesday.

New emission-cutting technology expected for Torrance refinery |Aug 29, 2017

A yearlong pilot project using new technology designed to cut nitrogen oxide emissions at the Torrance refinery is expected to win approval Friday from the governing board of the region’s air pollution watchdog.

Rare sea otter spotted off Dana Point |Aug 28, 2017

DANA POINT — At first it was just a quick glimpse from the corner of Capt. Chris Pica’s eye. Pica, captain of the Reel Fun, a boat operated by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, had just rounded the Headlands on his way up the coast toward Newport Beach with 29 Boy scouts on Saturday, Aug.

How should Los Angeles and Long Beach ports clean the air? |Aug 28, 2017

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach have promised to get to near zero emissions at the nation’s busiest port complex – but just how to achieve that ambitious goal is still being debated.

Can California get 100 percent of its electricity from renewables? |Aug 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The City Council threw its weight Monday behind legislation that would require California to deliver 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources by 2045.

Key senator vows to block California climate deal that would aid polluters |Aug 27, 2017

An irritated chairman of a state Senate Budget subcommittee says he intends to thwart a recent move by the state Air Resources Board that could give California’s biggest polluters a cushion of more than $300 million.

Torrance gets high marks for coyote program, USC study concludes |Aug 27, 2017

A 54-page report released this month gives high marks to the city of Torrance for the job it’s doing when it comes to dealing with urban coyotes.

Bison euthanized on Catalina Island after it charged at deputies, officials say |Aug 26, 2017

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy recently shot a Catalina Island bison after the animal reportedly charged, ultimately requiring the animal to be euthanized. The deputy in question fired at the animal on two separate occasions on the evening of Aug.

E-bikes, combining pedaling with battery power, shift to higher sales gear |Aug 26, 2017

Christine Branom did something this summer that would chill most Southern Californians to the bone. She sold her car. And bought an electric bike. Now, the human-resources specialist commutes daily, sweat-free, to work from Marina del Rey to Playa del Rey — sometimes in heels and a dress.

Metal-treating companies push back against air regulators’ methods |Aug 26, 2017

The businesses — often housed in no-frills, boxy buildings scattered through industrial districts — dot Southern California, from San Bernardino to Los Angeles. The mom-and-pop-size companies that supply aerospace giants with specialized metal parts are now locked in a battle with air regulators who are stepping up their scrutiny of the processes that take place in those structures.

Interior Department won’t eliminate national monuments but some may shrink |Aug 24, 2017

The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, as well as others ordered reviewed by President Donald Trump, will not be eliminated, but many should be reduced in size, according to documents released Thursday.

Senior passes to national parks will soon cost $80. Here’s how to get one for $10 |Aug 24, 2017

If you’re a senior citizen who likes to visit national parks, there’s a deal you should know about before it’s gone. The National Park Service is boosting the price of a lifetime pass for seniors — known as the America the Beautiful, National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass — from $10 to $80 on Monday, Aug.

First-ever water tax proposed to tackle unsafe drinking water in California |Aug 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO >> For the first time Californians would pay a tax on drinking water, 95 cents per month, under legislation to fix hundreds of public water systems with unsafe tap water — a problem that’s most pervasive in rural areas with agricultural runoff.

Perris teen tells judge he bought tiger cub on streets of Tijuana |Aug 24, 2017

SAN DIEGO >> A California teenager who says he bought a Bengal tiger cub on the streets of Tijuana for $300 was arrested when he tried to bring it into the United States in his 2017 Chevy Camaro.

State attorney general will weigh in on San Pedro fight to move LPG tanks |Aug 23, 2017

The state Attorney General’s Office will be asked to weigh in on a controversy that has plagued San Pedro for decades — public safety concerns over two butane and propane storage tanks that loom near homes, schools and youth sports fields.

Report: California needs to address housing crisis to meet long-term climate change goals |Aug 22, 2017

California’s economy grew robustly during the past decade even as state-imposed environmental standards to combat climate-change helped lower greenhouse gas emissions. But authors of a report released Tuesday cautioned that the future might not be so rosy: They found that transportation-related emissions have begun to rise due in part to longer commute times for California workers who can’t afford to live in the cities where they work.

My Turn: Guiding children’s imagination through the Madrona Marsh |Aug 22, 2017

Many people enjoy prowling the Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve; we watch birds, we paint, draw, take photographs — just because it’s a great place to wander. We listen to the sounds, enjoy the scents and keep an eye out for wildlife.

AQMD: Not enough data to prove safety of deadly toxic chemical used at Torrance refinery |Aug 22, 2017

Southern California’s air quality watchdog has become the latest regulatory agency to cast doubt on the safety of a potentially deadly chemical used at the Torrance refinery, concluding there is not enough evidence to dismiss concerns that a toxic cloud could form and kill or injure tens of thousands.

Juvenile gray whale that’s been spotted along the coast visits Alamitos Bay, draws concerned spectators |Aug 21, 2017

Long Beach lifeguards on Monday were trying to usher a juvenile gray whale back out to sea after it somehow found its way into Alamitos Bay overnight, according to authorities. An onlooker posted video of a crowd watching the whale surface while it swam parallel to Bay Shore Avenue near Horny Corner.

Buddy the blind sea lion gets new home at the Los Angeles Zoo |Aug 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> After an eight-year absence, a California sea lion has returned to the Los Angeles Zoo’s Sea Life Cliffs exhibit, it was announced Monday. Buddy, a blind, 10-year-old, 700-pound sea lion arrived at the zoo on May 24 after being rescued and rehabilitated by the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles.

Brown pelican, rehabbed in San Pedro, has started a family in Mexico |Aug 21, 2017

When brown pelican E17 arrived in early 2010, the prospects for full recovery were dicey. But after 259 days at the International Bird Rescue facility in San Pedro — enough time for the clipped wing feathers that kept him grounded to regrow — E17, with a new blue tracking band, was set free on the rocky shore of White Point-Royal Palms beach in San Pedro.

Drinking lead: Why California may force all schools to test their water |Aug 20, 2017

When a therapy dog refused to drink at a San Diego grade school, it was the first clue that something was wrong with the water. Tests revealed why the pup turned up its nose—the presence of polyvinyl chloride, the polymer in PVC pipes that degrade over time.

Move by California climate regulators could net big bucks for polluters |Aug 19, 2017

Against the sparkling backdrop of sailboats bobbing on San Francisco Bay, Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed a bill extending California’s cap-and-trade program, assuring that the most high-profile piece of the state’s fight against climate change persists for another decade.

What’s best weapon for battling species invading California waters? Data |Aug 19, 2017

There’s an invasion plaguing the coastal waters of Southern California. Waves of tiny interlopers spark havoc at fisheries, clog municipal water pipes and frustrate boaters who must dislodge buckets of sea crud.

Here’s what happened in Southern California the year of the last total solar eclipse |Aug 17, 2017

Do you remember the last time that a total solar eclipse could be seen from the United States? Well, it was Feb. 26, 1979. A lot of other things happened that year. It’s also when Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain’s first female prime minister, the Iran Hostage Crisis began, Saddam Hussein became the President of Iraq, ESPN was founded and much more.

Air getting cleaner at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports, reports show |Aug 17, 2017

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reduced pollution while moving more cargo last year, according to new reports released this week. The annual pollution scorecard shows the ports continue to make steady progress in clearing up the air around the nation’s busiest seaport and largest stationary polluter in the region, but it’s proving harder to make significant cuts in some areas.

Juvenile gray whale spotted in Newport Beach, Port of LA as it journeys north |Aug 17, 2017

A juvenile gray whale last seen in the shallow waters of Newport Harbor’s Back Bay has left the harbor and was spotted leaving the Port of Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 16. “The whale was seen near Cabrillo Beach late Wednesday,” said Justin Viezbicke, marine mammal stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

San Clemente to lock all city bathrooms west of I-5 overnight |Aug 16, 2017

SAN CLEMENTE >> Blaming vandalism and criminal activity, the city plans to close and lock nearly all public bathrooms it owns west of I-5. The City Council, on a 5-0 vote at its Aug. 15 meeting, ordered overnight closures of all restrooms west of I-5 in city parks and on the city’s beaches.

Video depicts bear family at play in Monrovia backyard |Aug 16, 2017

A Monrovia resident caught a tender moment on camera Tuesday as a mother bear played with her two cubs in a backyard. The matriarch gently wrestled with her offspring in the shade of a small tree in a backyard at the north end of Monrovia, according to Amber Ryan Mckenzi, who shot the adorable 44-second-long footage.